Thursday, August 19, 2004

Police nab 750 kg of illicit drugs in central Iran
Isfahan, Aug 18, IRNA -- Police seized 750 kg of illicit drugs in the central province of Isfahan over a few days ago.
The drugs seized consisted of opium and hashish, provincial anti-drug police announced on Wednesday.

Iran lies on the crossroads of major drug trafficking routes originating mainly from Afghanistan.

More than 3,600 members of Iran's armed forces have been killed in cross-border clashes with drug traffickers during 20 years of instability in neighboring Afghanistan.

According to official estimates, Iran's anti-drug campaign costs the country about dlrs 800 million annually.

Iran is credited with 80 percent of the opium and 90 percent of the morphine intercepted worldwide.

Iran seizes about 80 percent of drugs worldwide annually. Only last year 200 tons of various types of drugs were seized throughout the country.

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